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NEWS FLASH - Governor Cooper Releases Budget Proposal

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, March 1, 2017


March 1, 2017

Earlier this morning, Governor Roy Cooper released the first budget proposal of his new administration. LeadingAge North Carolina staff is working hard to read through the 208 pages of the budget book and the thousands of pages of accompanying fiscal notes and strategic plans. CLICK HERE for a link to the budget and CLICK HERE for a news release from the Governor’s office outlining his plan.

Here are the highlights from a quick first reading…we’ll be sending more detail within the next week.

·      Cooper’s budget proposal would spend $23.4 billion in the next fiscal year, an increase of 5.1%.

·      The budget calls for 5% teacher pay raises.

·      State employees would receive a 2% raise (about $800 per worker), the largest raise in over a decade.

·      State retirees would receive a 1.5% cost-of-living increase.

·      Medicaid would be expanded to cover 624,000 additional individuals and secure North Carolina’s share of federal resources to inject over $4.4 billion in direct spending into the state.

·      North Carolina’s new automated background check system that is currently being pilot-tested by three of our member communities would be able to leverage federal dollars along with state funds to roll the program out to all skilled nursing facilities.

·      Low-income, elderly citizens would be supported by investing in the Home and Community Care Block Grant to help an estimated 1,500 citizens in all 100 counties receive in-home aide, transportation and meals.

As you might well imagine, the General Assembly has its own ideas about the budget and their process is working toward a May 20 target for the Senate to release its proposed funding blueprint. Once the House has a crack at the Senate’s proposal, a group of Senators and Representatives will hammer out a compromise to send to the Governor for his signature…all by the June 30 end of the current fiscal year.

LeadingAge North Carolina member communities depend on us to provide you with timely and relevant information. We’ll continue working hard to provide value for your dues investments with the latest on the Governor’s budget and the General Assembly’s reaction. In the meantime, as always, please don’t hesitate to CONTACT US with any questions or comments.

 

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Advocacy in Action February 24, 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, February 24, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017


February 24, 2017


We hope you find this first Advocacy in Action update informative. We plan to publish this every other week while the General 
Assembly is in session. Special thanks to the North Carolina Coalition on Aging for their story assistance.




Coming as no surprise, Senate leaders have introduced legislation again this session that would cap personal income taxes by amending the state constitution.  Senate Bill 75 would prevent legislators from raising the income tax rate higher than 5.5% if voters approve the constitutional amendment in a ballot referendum that would be held during the November 2018 election.  At this time, the constitution caps income tax rates at 10%.  The current personal tax rate is 5.499% so the amendment would prevent any future tax hikes.  The Bill is likely to face stiff opposition from Democrats and numerous advocacy groups which argue that the amendment would prevent the legislature from having flexibility to set tax rates based on the state’s needs and would limit flexibility and force cuts to services or shifts to other taxes.



State House and Senate Committees on Appropriations met jointly last week to hear about revenue forecasts and the state budget outlook.  This public meeting marked the formal start to the legislative budget development process.  There is good news in that state economists have projected a revenue surplus of $550 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. It is anticipated that Gov. Roy Cooper will submit his budget to the General Assembly in a few weeks. The House and Senate alternate each year on which chamber takes the lead in developing a budget proposal.  This year, it is the Senate’s term to first draw up a budget plan and pass it.  The House will then approve their version of the budget.  After that, a compromise budget will be developed by Republicans from both chambers and sent to Gov. Cooper.



With the guidance and support of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance and LeadingAge North Carolina, efforts are underway to develop a NC Eldercare Workforce Coalition.  The Coalition will be comprised of representatives from agencies and organizations in North Carolina that are educating, training and employing workers that care for older North Carolinians.  The goals for 2017 are to: establish the Coalition, develop recommendations to submit to members of the NC General Assembly, meet with legislators during the Day at the Legislature, develop and promote internships within the aging field, and participate in a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging field hearing in the summer.  Additional goals for 2018 include: hold a NC Eldercare Workforce Solutions Summit and develop a clearinghouse for internship opportunities in the aging field in the state.  To find out more about plans for the Coalition and to share ideas about the eldercare workforce in North Carolina, contact Amanda Borer at (919) 967-7570.  Amanda is a member of the Coalition on Aging and is a Fellow with the Health and Aging Policy Fellow Program which is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation.



The NC Medical Society has announced that it is forming a managed care company called Carolina Complete Health to compete for a contract to provide medical care to Medicaid recipients statewide when the state changes to a managed care system for Medicaid.  The state is waiting for approval from the federal government to move to managed care.  The Society will partner with Centene (a national managed care company) and the NC Community Health Center Association in this endeavor.  The Carolina Complete Health Network will be jointly owned by the Medical Society, doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and Federally Qualified Health Centers.



Democracy North Carolina, which lobbies for voting access, analyzed the November election data for the state and found that some demographic groups had far better turnout than others.  Overall voter turnout was at 69% - just 1% behind the record in 2008.  Only 53% of registered voters in the 18 to 25 age group voted – the worst rate of any group.   Older voters set a new record for turnout with 78% of registered voters 65 and over casting a ballot.



WRAL @NCCapitol has developed a feature which provides information about each legislator’s votes, campaign contributions, and annual conflict of interest disclosures plus other details.  To learn more about this, click here.



Former Rep. Marilyn Avila
(R-Wake), a five-term lawmaker from Wake County and key figure on the Health and Human Service Committee during her tenure who lost a close election in November, has joined the staff of House Speaker Pro Tem Sarah Stevens (R-Surry) as a health and human services policy staff person.

 

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Membership Update February 17, 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, February 17, 2017
Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017

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February 17, 2017

Apply for the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy Today

Only 11 days left to apply to the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy!  Consider applying today and invest in your professional growth.

In the most recent Member Update we introduced you to coach Liz Tomajko, Director of Human Resources at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill.  Now it’s time to meet the two other coaches. 

Meet Sena Quist, Executive Director of The Cypress of Charlotte. Sena's work has been geared towards demystifying the benefits of interconnected and interdependent collaborative relationships as a way to facilitate worry free living for older adults. Sena is also an alumnus of the inaugural class of LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy and a current fellow of the LeadingAge National Larry Minnix Leadership Academy.  With a passion for driving results, Sena seeks the opportunity to take risks and push the limits to find new ways to improve the quality of life for older adults.  Outside of work, Sena enjoys being the mom to a four-legged senior poodle mix named Briley.  

Meet Alex Tucker, Healthcare Administrator at Carolina Village in Hendersonville. Alex’s love for long-term care developed in college while visiting his great-grandmother in her assisted living home. His first work experience in the field was as a social worker at a skilled nursing facility. He quickly fell in love with the position and the residents. He has continued to seek opportunities to grow in long-term care by obtaining his Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Administrator licenses. Alex is a 2016 alumnus of the LeadingAge National Larry Minnix Leadership Academy. He currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the health care areas at Carolina Village. He is grateful for each day he has to work in this field. He finds it an honor to serve those who have given so much.  He has three amazing children and an even more amazing wife who keeps him in line.

Anyone who works for a LeadingAge North Carolina member community may apply for the Academy, irrespective of clinical or managerial experience. Application deadline is February 28. Click here for more information. Click here to apply today.

 



Advocacy & Policy


New Legislation Would Cut Burden on LeadingAge NC Members Around Nonprofit Sales Tax Exemption

A bill (Senate Bill 70) introduced late last week in the N.C. Senate would direct the Revenue Laws Study Committee to study the possibility of creating a “true” sales tax exemption in North Carolina. Currently, most 501(c)(3) nonprofits pay sales tax when they purchase goods and services and can apply to the North Carolina Department of Revenue for semi-annual refunds of the taxes they pay.  The bill (as written) would reduce LeadingAge North Carolina members’ recordkeeping, filing, and reporting burdens, and would enable members to keep more of their own money rather than "loaning" it to the state for up to six months while refunds are being processed. If the bill passes, the Revenue Laws Study Committee could recommend legislation in 2018 to exempt nonprofits from paying sales and use taxes.

North Carolina Budget Surplus Now Pegged at More than $500 Million

State budget officials announced that the state currently has a budget surplus of about $552 million. Some have observed that if this surplus continues through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, Governor Roy Cooper and state legislators could use it to increase state spending, reduce taxes, or increase the state's savings reserve.

North Carolina Coalition on Aging Releases Legislative Priorities

LeadingAge North Carolina is a member of the North Carolina Coalition on Aging. While the Coalition’s membership is diverse and many of the organizations have legislative issues specific to their group, the Coalition annually adopts a set of recommendations. Click here for a copy of the Coalition’s five priority recommendations for the session.

Statewide Data on Aging Now Available

Did you know in 2025, one in five North Carolinians will be 65 or older? This and other timely demographic information about our state’s older adult population (compiled by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services) can be found by clicking here.

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Opposes Efforts to Eliminate Nonprofit Nonpartisanship

Following up on President Trump's recent pledge to "get rid of and totally destroy" the federal tax law provision requiring 501(c)(3) nonprofits to be nonpartisan, Congress is considering three bills that would change the status of charitable nonprofits (S.264 in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 781 and H.R. 172 in the U.S. House of Representatives). The Center and many other charitable nonprofits strongly oppose efforts to eliminate nonprofit nonpartisanship. As the Center noted in a blog post, “these proposals would politicize the sector, subject nonprofits and foundations to demands for campaign contributions (and thereby divert donors' money away from mission-related work to benefit politicians), and damage public trust in the work of nonprofits.  Furthermore, nonprofits - and their individual staff, board members, and volunteers - already have many legal avenues to freely express their views on a wide range of policy issues.”

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

Please mark your calendar for the LeadingAge North Carolina 61st Spring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. Trade Show booth reservations are being made and we anticipate conference registration will open mid-March. Be sure to watch your email and check our website for an announcement.  You can also stay up-to-date if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Apply for the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy Today

We are excited to announce that our Leadership Academy is back and looking for Fellows for its second class! The LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy is a yearlong leadership program designed to develop nonprofit aging services leaders statewide. During the year, participants examine the traits of successful leaders, work on their own leadership development, learn more about the field of aging services, and establish strong bonds with their peers from other LeadingAge North Carolina organizations. The program is available to anyone who works for a LeadingAge North Carolina member community irrespective of clinical or managerial experience. Special thanks to our Platinum business member, Ziegler, for providing major underwriting support. Application deadline is February 28. Click here for more information. Click here to apply today.

Registration Now Open:

Workforce Solutions for Long Term Care

March 29, 2017
8:30am-4:30pm
Southminster in Charlotte
Click here to download the brochure for printing and distribution.
Register Now!

Is employee turnover keeping your leaders up at night?  It’s time to attack the problem head on.

Topics at this session include:

  • Defining employee loyalty
  • Expanding your pool of workers
  • Building trust through transparency
  • Implementing stay interviews
  • Compensation and advancement models that motivate
  • Transitioning from a punitive to an incentive culture
  • HR legal update

Target audience:

  • HR Department Directors
  • Managers
  • Administrators
  • CEOs
  • CFOs

6.0 PHR and SPHR, 6.0 NHA CEUs
Facilitated by Leah Brown of Crescendo Strategies

Management Leadership Series

April 12 at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem
August 17 at The Cypress of Charlotte
Click here to download the brochure for printing and distribution.
Click here to register today.

If you want engaged employees, more effective communication is key!

Walk away from these 2 interactive sessions with a better understanding of how to create a culture of service and communication.

Target audience:

  • Department Directors
  • Mid Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Supervisors

9.0 NHA CEUs for the series, 4.5 CEUs per session
Facilitated by Donna Cutting of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

Looking ahead at your professional development this year, be sure to include LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs. Click here for the 2017 Events and Program Calendar.

Continuing Care Workshop:  Developing Emergency Plans & Recognizing Hazards 

March 15, 2017
Sharon Towers in Charlotte
(Free of charge)

Our partnership with the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition will continue this year. This workshop will focus on different types of emergency operations plans and how to create a plan that meets the new CMS guidelines. Hazard vulnerability will also be discussed. Click here for more details. 



Strategic Thinking

Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion

Even though your community has diverse representation of people, is it actually inclusive? How do people interact once they are a part of your community? Click here to read this Harvard Business Review article for more on inclusivity: how to encourage participation, promote visibility, innovation, and networking.

Redesigning Care for High-Cost, High-Risk Patients

These physician authors define the highest need patients as often at the end of life with chronic diseases and transportation barriers.  With sensitivity to the physiologic stressors of hospitalization and readmission, they suggest that we thoughtfully re-examine where, how, and why patients are cared for. Doing so, they believe, might lead us to a better care paradigm for patients and the public good. Click here for more from this readable article.

Your Business is Going to Depend on Connected Spenders, So You’d Better Understand Who They Are

Read this article to understand what a connected spender is and to answer: 1) How to approach the connected spender opportunity and 2) how to get ready for emerging markets’ connected spenders. The answers may help shape your strategic planning.

How to Adopt a Culture of Continuous Learning

Read this transcript of an interview with Jeff Gothelf or watch the 25-minute video.  Golthelf challenges us to place equal value on discovery activities as on delivery activities by visualizing and assigning learning work in the same way we do delivery activities. A thought-provoking article with a unique perspective.

If You Want to Motivate Employees Stop Trusting Your Instincts

This article encourages managers to take a scientific approach to motivation, providing the four main reasons motivational practices fail. Read this article to understand why motivation among employees tends to lag after six months on the job.



News & Notes

LeadingAge North Carolina Awards Program

Who has inspired you with his or her talents in leadership, governance, service, innovation, advocacy, or collaboration? Let us know! Submit a nomination today for a LeadingAge North Carolina award!  The deadline to submit a nomination is March 31. Click here to submit a nomination for a person or a program today.

Save the Date: Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Conference 

Thursday, June 15 | Durham, NC

2017 marks the North Carolina Chamber’s inaugural Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This information-packed program addresses topics such as unconscious bias in the workplace, inclusive leadership and evaluation of D&I initiatives, with a focus on D&I’s connection to organizational strategy. Content will be valuable for a wide range of organizations, including those with fledgling D&I programs, as well as those with established, proven initiatives. This event offers something for everyone, from the young professional to seasoned executive. Seats and sponsorships are expected to sell out quickly for this event. We will provide registration information as it becomes available.

PEAK Leadership Summit scheduled for March 19-22

The PEAK Leadership Summit is your professional community’s meeting place—where like minds and divergent thinkers come together to explore the strategies and best practices needed to respond with quality to the ever-changing needs of the aging population. Ask questions, address issues, tackle challenges, and harness the opportunities of a fast-growing field—all in three thought-provoking days of personal interaction and high-level idea exchange. Join the country’s top aging services business leaders, experts, and advocates in Washington, D.C., March 19 - 22, 2017. For more information and to register, visit the PEAK page.

2017 Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series

Senn Dunn Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company invites community members to participate in their free Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series.  The webinars will be held on the third Thursdays of each month from 2pm-3pm EST.  Click here to download the brochure.  Click here to register.

Advance Care Planning Workshops Across the State

Advance care planning helps your loved ones and health care providers honor your goals and wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself. If you are ever in an accident, have surgery, or get a serious illness you may need someone to advocate for your wishes. Consider reflecting and writing down your wishes with help from the NC Partnership for Compassionate Care. NCPCC is planning several Advance Care Workshops across the state this year. This month workshops are taking place in Winston-Salem, Mocksville, King, and Salisbury. Visit http://www.gotplans123.org to learn more about advance care planning or to register for a workshop today. 

Presentation: Expanding into Medicare Home Health

Senior Options, LLC and Westminster Canterbury at Home, LLC.  will be hosting a web presentation on what LeadingAge members should consider before expanding into Medicare Certified Home Health.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:00pm Eastern to 3:00pm Eastern
To join the conference, call: 1 (240) 669-5802, Conference ID: 563472

  1. Learning Objectives:Better identify the strategic considerations for operating home health
  2. Understand how home health fits into a life plan or senior living community.
  3. Identify factors in a go/no go decision.
  4. Examine the pros and cons of various home health models

Presenter: Nancy Koury King, DM, President, Senior Options, LLC and Westminster Canterbury at Home, LLC. 

 


Value First

Save Money on MRO
Looking for savings on maintenance, repair and operations? Whether you are in the market for new appliances and air conditioning units, or planning to replace flooring and furniture, let Value 1st vendors compete for your business.

Many Value 1st vendors are industry leaders your community may already do business with.

Reduce Ongoing Renovations Expense
If your community does a significant number of unit upgrades or renovations throughout the year, Value 1st can work with vendors to get pre-negotiated prices on appliances and other items based on anticipated volume for the year.  You achieve savings on pricing based on total quantity, rather than one-off discounts.  And, items can be drop-shipped as needed so you don’t have to worry about storage space.

Free Cost Studies on Recurring Expenses
Value 1st members are eligible to have cost studies done free of charge.  Cost studies help to identify potential savings by comparing what you are currently paying vs. Value 1st GP contract prices.

  • Food and Dietary Services
  • Janitorial and Housekeeping
  • Medical Supplies
  • Office Supplies

Contact your Value 1st Representative
For additional information contact your Value 1st representative Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956.

 

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919-571-8333 | info@leadingagenc.org | www.leadingagenc.org


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Inclusion Insights February 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Wednesday, February 15, 2017



February 2017

Welcome to the third edition ofInclusion Insights, a regular publication of LeadingAge North Carolina highlighting trends, practices, and news related to inclusion and diversity issues in aging services. We welcome your feedback, questions, and story ideas!


BOARD DIVERSITY

Beyond Political Correctness: Building a Diverse and Inclusive Board
This article provides thoughtful suggestions on how to build a pipeline of diverse board candidates, how to involve folks that join your board, and how to measure results.

Benefitting From Diversity
Read this piece for help defining board diversity, tips on recruitment, how to avoid tokenism, dealing with dissent, and why a diverse board is beneficial.


WORKPLACE DIVERSITY

Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion

Even though your community has diverse representation of people, is it actually inclusive? How do people interact once they are a part of your community? Click here to read thisHarvard Business Reviewarticle for more on inclusivity: how to encourage participation, promote visibility, innovation, and networking.


How 7 Chicago Tech Companies Work to Promote Diversity in the Workplace

Seven companies share lessons learned from the diversity initiatives they have put into place. Themes for success include creative recruitment, partnering with local nonprofits, mentoring students, being intentional, and being patient with the process.


The Growing Importance of Creating an Inclusive Workforce

Read this article for specific steps organizations can take to develop inclusive leadership, a key to developing a diverse workforce.


Diverse Inclusive Workplace Important to Millennials

Read this article for fresh perspective on why the youngest working generation values workplace diversity and inclusion.


OTHER RESOURCES

Save the Date:Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Conference
Thursday, June 15 | Durham, NC

2017 marks the North Carolina Chamber’s inaugural Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Conference. This information-packed program addresses topics such as unconscious bias in the workplace, inclusive leadership and evaluation of diversity and inclusion initiatives, with a focus on its connection to organizational strategy. Content will be valuable for a wide range of organizations, including those with fledgling diversity and inclusion programs, as well as those with established, proven initiatives. This event offers something for everyone, from young professionals to seasoned executives.We will provide registration information as it becomes available.


The Inclusion Solution Newsletter

For the latest on diversity and inclusion check out this newsletter from The Winters Group, a consulting firm in Maryland specializing in diversity and inclusion.


LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation Considers Research Study

The LeadingAge North Carolina Foundation board of trustees is considering partnering with a major research university to conduct a research study on diversity and inclusion issues. In particular, the Foundation seeks to provide answers to questions about why diverse populations choose to move (or not move) to congregate settings (like life plan communities and continuing care retirement communities). The board hopes to take action on a potential study at its April 20 meeting.

 

 

LeadingAge North Carolina | 222 N. Person Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-571-8333 |info@leadingagenc.org|www.leadingagenc.org

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Membership Update February 3, 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, February 3, 2017
Updated: Friday, February 3, 2017
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February 3, 2017

Apply for the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy Today

There's still a little more than three weeks to apply to the LeadingAge NC Leadership Academy. The Academy is a unique yearlong opportunity to learn and grow alongside others in the field. And to be mentored by folks who are truly invested in you. Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce you to the fantastic coaches that will be guiding this year’s class. We hope you’ll consider applying to join them.

This week meet Liz Tomajko, Director of Human Resources at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill. Liz has more than 25 years Human Resources experience and started the Leadership Academy at Carol Woods. She is a fellow of the 2014 class of the LeadingAge National Leadership Academy as well as a member of the inaugural class of the LeadingAge National Leadership Educator Program.She has held the certification of PHR – Professional of Human Resources for over 15 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources. And that’s just the beginning; once you get to know Liz you’ll find out she has so much more to offer.

Anyone who works for a LeadingAge North Carolina member community may apply for the Academy, irrespective of clinical or managerial experience. Application deadline is February 28. Click here for more information. Click here to apply today.



Advocacy & Policy

A New Day in Washington

Things are moving fast and furiously in Washington. LeadingAge is focusing its Congressional advocacy on two primary issues at the present time in light of the shifting landscape of potential policy changes: (1) Protect Medicaid from changes to its funding and structure; (2) Preserve non-defense discretionary spending specific to affordable housing and Older Americans Act Programs. There are quite a few other issues that carry forward from the last Congress which LeadingAge will continue to address as they are introduced in the new Congress, but there is an air of urgency about these two primary issues. From a regulatory point of view, LeadingAge’s big push is to encourage CMS to delay implementation of the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes until there is adequate guidance and interpretation so that members can comply. The magnitude of the rulemaking and the paucity of clarity makes this a high priority. We are working hard to get to know new members of Congress and introducing LeadingAge to the new Administration, although those who will fill many positions important to us have yet to be named.

Presentation: Expanding into Medicare Home Health

Senior Options, LLC and Westminster Canterbury at Home, LLC will be hosting a web presentation on what LeadingAge members should consider before expanding into Medicare Certified Home Health on:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:00pm Eastern to 3:00pm Eastern
To join the conference, call: 1 (240) 669-5802, Conference ID: 563472

Learning Objectives:

1.Better identify the strategic considerations for operating home health
2.Understand how home health fits into a life plan or senior living community.
3.Identify factors in a go/no go decision.
4.Examine the pros and cons of various home health models

Presenter:Nancy Koury King, DM, President, Senior Options, LLC and Westminster Canterbury at Home, LLC.

Dr. Nancy Koury King is the President of Senior Options, LLC and Westminster Canterbury at Home, LLC. Senior Options helps nonprofit senior living communities develop and operate their own home and community based services. Currently the organization provides development and operations support to seven home health/hospice agencies in three states. Over the course of her career, Nancy has worked with 17 home health/hospice agencies operated by Leading Age Members. Prior to her work at Senior Options, Nancy was the Senior Vice President of Resident Care for Sunrise Senior Living, an international senior living organization with over 30,000 residents and 300 communities. Before that Nancy was President of Senior Independence, a home and community based services organization headquartered in Ohio.

Nancy has worked with LeadingAge in a variety of capacities. She was on the first selection committee for the Larry Minnix Leadership Academy. She served as a delegate for LeadingAge for six years. Nancy is a frequent speaker for LeadingAge and chaired its home and community based services cabinet. Nancy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Individual and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University, a Masters in Social Administration and a Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University.

Governor’s Cabinet Appointments Now Subject to Senate Approval

North Carolina Senate leaders have announced the schedule for consideration of Governor Roy Cooper’s Cabinet appointments, a process necessitated by action taken last December in a special session of the General Assembly requiring Senate confirmation. Cooper has sued to stop that requirement and legal action is making its way through the Courts. Unless a judge issues an order delaying the process, the Senate has decided to proceed. The three-step process outlined by Senate leaders includes each Cabinet nominee appearing before “the committee best suited to their appointment," with each committee making a recommendation to a newly formed Senate nominations committee, before proceeding to the full Senate for a final vote. Dr. Mandy Cohen, who has been named Secretary of Health and Human Services, will appear before the Senate Health Care Committee on March 16. She is the last appointee scheduled to go through the process.

House Priorities Outlined by New Majority Leader

In a preview of where the House will be concentrating time during the General Assembly’s “long” session, the House Majority Leader has outlined his priorities. Rep. Jason Bell (R-Goldsboro), newly elected to the post in August, says that the budget will be “the biggest issue we will handle all session.” The state’s two-year budget that will be developed this year has a major impact on LeadingAge North Carolina communities in areas ranging from tax policy to reimbursement to regulations. Bell has talked extensively about the need for regulatory relief, pointing to a deregulation bill that failed to make it through last year’s session intact.

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

Registration is not open yet, but mark your calendar for the LeadingAge North Carolina 61stSpring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. Trade Show booth reservations are being made and registration will open soon. Be sure to watch your email and check ourwebsitefor an announcement. You can also stay up to date if you follow us onFacebookandTwitter.

Registration Now Open for:

Workforce Solutions for Long Term Care
March 29
8:30am-4:30pm
Southminster in Charlotte
Click here to download thebrochure for printing and distribution.
Register Now!

Is employee turnover keeping your leaders up at night? It’s time to attack the problem head on.

Topics at this session include:

  • Defining employee loyalty
  • Expanding your pool of workers
  • Building trust through transparency
  • Implementing stay interviews
  • Compensation and advancement models that motivate
  • Transitioning from a punitive to an incentive culture
  • HR legal update

Target audience:

  • HR Department Directors
  • Managers
  • Administrators
  • CEOs
  • CFOs

6.0 PHR and SPHR, 6.0 NHA CEUs
Facilitated by Leah Brown of Crescendo Strategies

Management Leadership Series

April 12 atArbor Acresin Winston-Salem
August 17 at The Cypress of Charlotte
Click here to download the brochure for printing and distribution.
Click here to register today.

If you want engaged employees, more effective communication is key!
Walk away from these 2 interactive sessions with a better understanding of how to create a culture of service and communication.

Target audience:

  • Department Directors
  • Mid Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Supervisors

9.0 NHA CEUs for the series, 4.5 CEUs per session
Facilitated by Donna Cutting of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

As you make plans for your professional development this year, be sure to include LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs. Click here to view the 2017 calendar now.

Continuing Care Workshop:Developing Emergency Plans & Recognizing Hazards
March 15, 2017
Sharon Towers in Charlotte
(Free of charge)

Ourpartnershipwith the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition will continue this year.This workshop will focus on differenttypesofemergencyoperations plansand howto create a plan that meets the new CMS guidelines.Hazard vulnerability will also be discussed. Click here for more details.

OTHER RESOURCES

2017 Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series

Senn Dunn Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company invites community members to participate in their free Employee Benefits Compliance Webinar Series.The webinars will be held on the third Thursdays of each month from 2pm-3pm EST. Click here to download the brochure.Click here to register.

Advance Care Planning Workshops Across the State

Advance care planning helps your loved ones and health care providers honor your goals and wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself. If you are ever in an accident, have surgery, or get a serious illness you may need someone to advocate for your wishes. Consider reflecting and writing down your wishes with help from the NC Partnership for Compassionate Care. NCPCC is planning several Advance Care Workshops across the state this year. This month workshops are taking place in Winston-Salem, Mocksville, King, and Salisbury. Visit http://www.gotplans123.orgto learn more about advance care planning or to register for a workshop today.



Strategic Thinking

Today, a 65-year old man can expect, on average, to live until age 84.4 If a man reaches age 91, he can expect to live another four years. A 65-year old woman has an average life expectancy of 86.7 years. A woman age 91 can expect to live until age 95.7.

The estimated out-of-pocket health care costs for a single retiree from age 65 to 85 is $146,400. The estimated out-of-pocket costs from age 85 to 95 are $172,400.

Leadership Skills You Didn’t Need a Decade Ago that are Now Essential

This excellent article from Forbes examines the reality around leadership and different generations…those different generations moving in and out of the workforce dictate changes to the ways people lead.

The Best Ways Your Organization Can Support Working Parents

This author and consultant posits that the most beneficial ways to support working parents are accessible to any organization, don’t cost anything, and can be implemented by managers perhaps without organizational vetting. Click here to review these suggestions that are designed to be within your reach today.

If Your Team Agrees on Everything Working Together is Pointless

Do you believe that collaboration and conflict are opposites? The author of thisHarvard Business Reviewarticle suggests that you must diverge before you converge and that collaboration is unnecessary if you agree on everything. Click here to read this thought-provoking article and learn three techniques to help people embrace productive conflict.

Six Ways to Stop Wasting Time in Office Meetings

Read this article for six guidelines on how to make the most of meetings. It might mean not holding one!



News & Notes

New Vice President for Workforce Initiatives Hired

LeadingAge national has hired a Vice President of Workforce Initiatives, Susan Hildebrandt, to spearhead work in the area. She is actively talking to members and states, gathering promising practices, identifying gaps and beginning to assemble a compendium of tools and resources for members to enhance recruitment and retention. She will also be assisting with crafting a policy agenda. Her work promises to glean a lot about members’ particular concerns, successful strategies, and a solid baseline through a member survey that is currently in the field. This is the beginning of an ongoing dialogue with members on this important issue. We’ll have more to share as Susan gets more deeply involved but we are delighted to welcome her to LeadingAge national.

Communications Upgrade

LeadingAge national launched a new website a few weeks ago as part of an overhaul of their communications activities. Other steps they have taken are to streamline their weekly e-newsletter “LeadingAge Need to Know” (formerly “LeadingAge This Week”) and added a weekly column, “Capital Reflections” to keep you apprised of their advocacy efforts. They are actively seeking to publish opinion pieces and to join their voice (and yours) with others to amplify messages. Check out the new and improved website by clicking here.

LeadingAge North Carolina Awards Program

Who has inspired you with his or her talents in leadership, governance, service, innovation, advocacy, or collaboration? Let us know! Submit a nomination today for a LeadingAge North Carolina award!The deadline to submit a nomination is March 31. Click here to submit a nomination for a person or a program today.

PEAK Leadership Summit scheduled for March 19-22

The PEAK Leadership Summit is your professional community’s meeting place—where like minds and divergent thinkers come together to explore the strategies and best practices needed to respond with quality to the ever-changing needs of the aging population. Ask questions, address issues, tackle challenges, and harness the opportunities of a fast-growing field—all in three thought-provoking days of personal interaction and high-level idea exchange. Join the country’s top aging services business leaders, experts, and advocates in Washington, D.C., March 19 - 22, 2017. For more information and to register, visit the PEAK page.

Social Security 2017

Click here 
to view 7 slides that summarize the primary changes in Social Security for this year.

 


Congratulations

Music and Memory at Carolina Meadows

Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill was recently highlighted in an episode of the television show “In Praise of Age.” The program shares how Carolina Meadows is using music as a therapeutic tool to enrich the lives of older adults with cognitive impairments on their campus, as well as in the larger community. Staff discusses why they became a nationally certified Music and Memory facility, and residents joyfully share their experiences and dance with volunteers to music important to their lives. Watch the moving video here.

Eagle Scout Project at Springmoor

Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh was the inspiration for an Eagle Scout Project that brought residents together with high school students. When Jackson Barlow, grandson of Springmoor residents, realized residents wanted to use their own technology to communicate with family and friends his Eagle Scout service project,Social Media, Senior Stylewas born. After compiling resident survey results, he taught several resident classes and brought his extensive knowledge of technology to the community. The experience earned him his Eagle Scout. A huge success for everyone!

Well-Spring Fighting Food Insecurity

Well-Spring Retirement Community in Greensboro was recently featured by LeadingAge national for its residents’ extensive efforts to combat local food insecurity. Recognizing that Greensboro-High Point area was the number two most food insecure region in the country in 2014 and 2015, Well-Spring residents created a Hunger Steering Group. The group partners with three local organizations to help the community. Residents organize food drives with Greensboro Urban Ministry and pack backpacks for Out of the Garden to fight food insecurity among school-aged children. For residents who have their own vegetable gardens and grow more food than they need, Share the Harvest of Guilford County collects their excess produce and distributes it to local agencies for distribution. Thanks to Well-Spring for this beautiful example of community engagement and service to others.

 

 

 

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Membership Update January 20, 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, January 20, 2017
Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2017
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January 20, 2017

Apply for the LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy Today

We are excited to announce that our Leadership Academy is back and looking for Fellows for its second class! The LeadingAge North Carolina Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership program designed to develop nonprofit aging services leaders statewide. During the year, participants examine the traits of successful leaders, work on their own leadership development, learn more about the field of aging services, and establish strong bonds with their peers from other LeadingAge NC organizations. The program is available to anyone who works for a LeadingAge North Carolina member community irrespective of clinical or managerial experience. Special thanks to our platinum business member, Ziegler, for providing major underwriting support. Application deadline is February 28. Click here to download brochure. Click here when you are ready to apply.



Advocacy & Policy

General Assembly Set to Begin Work January 25

Legislators in Raleigh settle in to start on the “long session” next Wednesday, January 25. North Carolina is on a two-year budgeting cycle, with development of the financial blueprint occurring in odd-number years during a session that typically runs through the summer. LeadingAge North Carolina’s 2017 Public Policy Priorities, developed by our public policy committee and approved by our board of directors, forms the basis of our upcoming work with policymakers.

CMS Highlights Cyber Security Concerns in New Memo

CMS is reminding providers to keep current with best practices regarding mitigation of cyber security attacks.This CMS memorandum outlines resources to assist facilities in their reviews of their cyber security and IT programs.

Employers Face New Jan. 31 W-2 Filing Deadline; Some Refunds Delayed Until Feb. 15

A new federal law, aimed at making it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud, will accelerate the W-2 filing deadline for employers to Jan. 31. For similar reasons, the new law also requires the IRS to hold refunds involving two key refundable tax credits until at least Feb. 15. Here are details on each of these key dates.

PACE Issues Previewed for Upcoming General Assembly Session

This informative article from North Carolina Health News outlines issues facing legislators and policymakers concerning the state’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

Mark your calendar for the LeadingAge North Carolina 61stSpring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. Trade Show booth reservations are being made and registration will open soon. Be sure to watch your email and check our website for an announcement. You can also stay up to date if you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Registration Now Open for:

Workforce Solutions for Long Term Care
March 29 at Southminster in Charlotte
Click here to download thebrochure for printing and distribution.
Register Now!

Topics at this session include:

  • Defining employee loyalty
  • Expanding your pool of workers
  • Building trust through transparency
  • Implementing stay interviews
  • Compensation and advancement models that motivate
  • Transitioning from a punitive to an incentive culture
  • HR legal update

Target audience:

  • HR Department Directors
  • Managers
  • Administrators
  • CEOs
  • CFOs

6.0 PHR and SPHR, 6.0 NHA CEUs
Facilitated by Leah Brown of Crescendo Strategies

Management Leadership Series
April 12 at Arbor Acres in Winston-Salem
August 17 at The Cypress of Charlotte
Click here to download the brochure for printing and distribution.
Online registration will open soon. Fax or mail your registration today.

If you want engaged employees, more effective communication is key!
Walk away from these 2 interactive sessions with a better understanding of how to create a culture of service and communication.

Target audience:

  • Department Directors
  • Mid Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Supervisors

9.0 NHA CEUs for the series, 4.5 CEUs per session
Facilitated by Donna Cutting of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

As you make plans for your professional development this year, be sure to include LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs.Click here to view the 2017 calendar now.

Continuing Care Workshop:Developing Emergency Plans & Recognizing Hazards
March 15, 2017
Location TBD
(Free of charge)

Our partnership with the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition will continue this year. This workshop will focus on different types of emergency operations plans and how to create a plan that meets the new CMS guidelines.Hazard vulnerability will also be discussed. More details will be made available soon.



Strategic Thinking

How to Be Calm Under Pressure: 3 Secrets From a Bomb Disposal Expert

We’d all like to know how to stay calm under pressure.So, who really knows about being cool as a cucumber under the most intense pressure imaginable? CLICK HERE for a fascinating take from a Navy explosives expert.

Will Grandma Want a Robot Seal?

This article from Politico takes a look at the new tech ideas that could help ease the pain of aging—if we’re willing to live with the tradeoffs.

A Way to Save Money when Half of all Health Costs is Spent on a Fraction of Patients

Health care “super-utilizers” make up just 5 percent of the U.S. population but they account for 50 percent of health care spending. As health care costs continue to rise, providers are trying to figure out how to find these patients and get to the root of their problems. Watch this PBS NewsHour segment for an in-depth look on this important topic.

How to Deliver Criticism So Employees Will Pay Attention

How can you increase the likelihood that your employees will perceive the criticism you offer them as helpful and well-intended and be more willing to act on it? This article from the Harvard Business Review provides some answers.

What Matters More to Your Workforce than Money

Economists have long argued that money doesn’t buy happiness. But compensationis still a major factorfor uswhen we’re considering where to work. What do we know about how more pay influencesemployees’ motivations? This article from the Harvard Business Review encapsulates the latest thinking.



News & Notes

LeadingAge North Carolina Awards Program

Don’t forget about awards!!!! Community members are invited to identify and honor individuals, organizations, and initiatives through whom or through which the member’s mission and that of the Association’s are advanced. The awards affirm excellence, innovation, leadership, service, and collaboration, values cherished by LeadingAge North Carolina. Member organizations are invited to submit as many nominations as they deem appropriate, and to nominate themselves and/or those associated with them for achievements they judge to be outstanding. Awards are intended to shine light on accomplishments and to celebrate models of excellence that can serve as inspiration for even greater accomplishment. Online submittal is open. The deadline to submit a nomination is March 31! Click here for more information. We are accepting nominations online only. Please do not fax or email submissions.

The Dwindling Female Labor Force

From 1975 to 2000, the labor force participation rate -- the percentage of the population that is either employed or unemployed and actively seeking work -- among U.S. women rose dramatically. But at the turn of the millennium, it began to decline and has been falling ever since. Read this article from Gallup that has major implications for our field.

PEAK Leadership Summit scheduled for March 19-22

The LeadingAge national PEAK Leadership Summit is your professional community’s meeting place—where like minds and divergent thinkers come together to explore the strategies and best practices needed to respond with quality to the ever-changing needs of the aging population. Ask questions, address issues, tackle challenges, and harness the opportunities of a fast-growing field—all in three thought-provoking days of personal interaction and high-level idea exchange. Join the country’s top aging services business leaders, experts, and advocates in Washington, D.C., March 19 - 22, 2017. For more information and to register, visit the PEAK page.

2017 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2017 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. CLICK HERE for a helpful fact sheet from the IRS.

National Study of Long Term Care Providers Needs Your Participation

As of January 13th, NSLTCP has received completed questionnaires from 51% of the residential care providers invited to participate. North Carolina is at risk of being left out of 2016 NSLTCP residential care profiles because of low participation. They need your help!If you received a 2016 NSLTCP Residential Care Community Questionnaire please submit and complete it by web or by mail by early February. Make your voices heard! NSLTCP will also be calling providers to give them the option to complete over the telephone.

If you have questions about completing the questionnaire by web or by mail or would like to complete it over the telephone, or you received a questionnaire packet in the mail but no longer have it,please contact the NSLTCP Help Desk today at 1-866-245-8078. For more information about the survey, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsltcp/rcc_participants.htm


Congratulations


Congratulations and welcome to Lori Portfleet who has just been named the new President and CEO at Saint Joseph of the Pines in Southern Pines. Lori has been the interim president since August. Prior to joining Saint Joseph of the Pines, she was regional vice president of operations for Trinity Health Senior Communities in Michigan. Please join us in welcoming Lori!



 

 

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Membership Update January 6, 2017

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, January 6, 2017
Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017
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January 6, 2017

Advocacy & Policy

2016 Federal Wrap-up and a Look Forward to the New Year

With Congress gaveling into session earlier this week and President-elect Donald Trump set to be inaugurated on January 20, the advocacy staff at LeadingAge national have prepared an excellent summary of action in 2016 and a look ahead at what to expect in the New Year.

CMS Guidance on Residents Who Wander

CMS released a very important "Frequently Asked Questions" notice concerning Medicaid Beneficiaries in Home and Community-Based Settings who Exhibit Unsafe Wandering or Exit-Seeking Behavior on December 15, 2016. State officials, adult day and assisted living providers, beneficiaries and other stakeholders have concerns on how to adhere to the HCBS settings rule in relation to service provision for individuals with dementia or other conditions in which unsafe wandering or exit-seeking behavior is exhibited.

CMS Will Not Enforce Arbitration Ban While Injunction Remains in Place

CMS confirmed in a December 9 Survey & Certification Letter that it will not enforce the provision in the revised Requirements of Participation that prohibits nursing homes from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements, so long as there is a court-ordered injunction.

CMS Releases Final Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice

CMS released the finalized Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). Beginning March 8, hospitals and critical access hospitals must provide the standard notice to all Medicare beneficiaries who receive outpatient observation services for more than 24 hours.

Clarification of Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Installation Requirement in Attic Space

CMS has received several requests for clarification concerning the installation of automatic fire sprinklers in concealed or attic spaces of health care facilities, specifically where Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) has been installed in attic spaces or used in construction of roofs. CLICK HERE for the clarification memo issued by CMS.

Use of the Fire Safety Evaluation, National Fire Protection Association 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, 2013 Edition by Health Care Occupancies and Board and Care Occupancies.

CMSwill be using NFPA 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety, 2013 Edition (2013 FSES), as one method for determining life safety code equivalencies. The 2013 FSES will be used in place of the 2001 FSES which was previously approved for use with the 2000 Life Safety Code. The 2013 FSES has been updated by the NFPA and is calibrated to the requirements found in the recently adopted 2012 Life Safety Code. This will allow for a more accurate determination of Life Safety Code equivalencies. Additional information is available in SC 17-15-LSC Use of the Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101A, Guide on Alternative Approaches to Life Safety. 2013 Edition by Health Care Occupancies and Board and Care Occupancies.

Quality Scorecard

LeadingAge national has released the first version of the LeadingAge Quality Score Card. This tool was developed by the Public Policy Congress and the LeadingAge Quality and Risk Management Advisory Council. It basically lists various quality measures that nursing homes, home health agencies, adult day centers, assisted living residences, and senior housing providers can use for internal quality improvement efforts as well as to market to other payers and providers in the health care arena.

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

Mark your calendar for the LeadingAge North Carolina 61stSpring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 at Pinehurst Resort. Trade Show booth reservations are being made and registration will open soon. Be sure to watch your email and check our website for an announcement. You can also stay up to date if you follow us onFacebook and Twitter.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

Happy New Year! As you populate your 2017 calendar, be sure to include LeadingAge North Carolina events and programs. Click here for the 2017 Calendar.

 


Strategic Thinking

One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die

An insightful and moving article fromThe New York Times Magazinefocusing on a doctor (and triple amputee) pioneering a new model of care.

If Your Boss Could Do Your Job You’re More Likely to be Happy at Work

This article asserts that bosses with technical competence may be more likely to retain employees. The authors selected 35,000 random workplaces and employees in the U.S. and Great Britain to measure three types of supervisor competence. The results add a new dimension to the old saying that “People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses.”

This is What Millennials Want from a Mentor

Millennials are now the majority of the workforce. Understanding how to mentor employees in this generation might include new twists on traditional mentoring concepts. Read this article to learn 4 simple ways to encourage a strong relationship with your Millennial employees.



News & Notes

OSHA – Electronic Submissions

The new OHSA rule on reporting injuries and illnesses went into effect January 1. The rule calls for electronic submission of injury and illness reports, and states that reports will be posted on a publicly accessible website.

The rule impacts commonly used incentive programs (e.g. rewarding employees for going a certain period of time without an injury or illness) which may deter reporting illnesses or injuries, and affects employers' ability to perform post-accident and post-injury drug and alcohol testing. The following are tools to use for implementation of the OHSA rule:

Here is an OHSA Fact Sheet about the Final Rule.

Here is an overview from the US Department of Labor.

Antibiotic Stewardship Program Materials Now Available from UNC-Chapel Hill

CMS has mandated that by this November every nursing home must establish an antibiotic stewardship program. To help prepare, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is making evidence-based materials available for nursing homes at a new reduced rate.For details, CLICK HERE.

Free Toolkit to Reduce Antipsychotic Use

Denise Boudreau-Scott and Sonya Barsness have developed a new resource designed to help reduce antipsychotics through a person-centered approach. The toolkit summarizes the processes, tools and lessons learned throughout the More than Meds Project. It focuses on becoming a better place to live and work through person-centered care.

10 Ways to Reduce UTIs

Urinary tract infections are widely acknowledged as the No. 1 infection in long-term care. Therefore, it’s not surprising that multiple initiatives across CMS and other federal agencies converging to make UTI prevention a high priority for Nursing homes nationwide.

Managing Chronic Venous Leg Ulcers-What’s the Latest Evidence

Chronic venous leg ulcers are not only challenging and costly to treat, but the associated morbidity significantly reduces quality of life. That makes it critical for clinicians to choose evidence–based treatment strategies to achieve maximum healing outcomes and minimize recurrence rates of those common debilitating conditions.

 


Congratulations

Southminster’s Dance for Parkinson’s Disease January 12

Members of the Charlotte Ballet and the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas are teaming up with Southminster on January 12thfrom 6:00-7:30pm at Southminster in Charlotte for a free information session about Dance for PD, an uplifting dance-class movement where “There are no patients. Only dancers.”Contact Tracy McGinnis at Southminster for more information on this innovative program at 704.551.7129 ext. 6129.


Increase Your Savings In 2017 With Value First. Happy New Year!
January Vendor Spotlight

•Abbot Nutrition
•ArjoHuntleigh
•Direct Supply
•Forbo Flooring
•Ford (passenger vans)
•HD Supply
•Hill-Rom
•Konica Minolta
•Kwalu
•Nations Roof
•Nestle Healthcare Nutrition
•Office Depot
•Otis Elevator
•PPG Architectural Group
•Sears Commercial
•Select Rehabilitation
•Sherwin Williams
•Verizon Wireless (employee discounts)

If you are a current customer or considering a purchase from any of the companies listed above, contact Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956 to make sure your community is set up to receive Value First GPO pricing.

 

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Office Closures on December 26th and January 2nd

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Monday, December 19, 2016
Best wishes from all of us at LeadingAge North Carolina for a restful and warm holiday season. The LeadingAge North Carolina office will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd in observance of Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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Membership Update December 16, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, December 16, 2016
Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2016
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December 16, 2016

Best wishes from all of us at LeadingAge North Carolina for a restful and warm holiday season. The LeadingAge North Carolina office will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd in observance of Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The Member Update will resume January 6th.



Advocacy & Policy

Governor-elect Roy Cooper to be Sworn In on January 1st

Governor-elect Roy Cooper becomes the state’s 75thgovernor on January 1st. Even though inauguration festivities are not slated until January 7th, Cooper will continue a recent tradition of being officially sworn in on the first day of the new year. With the results of the statewide and General Assembly races now final, LeadingAge North Carolina (in conjunction with its Public Policy committee) is putting the final touches on a packet for each member community with information on their elected representatives and outreach recommendations.

IRS Extends Deadlines for Certain ACA Reporting Requirements

The deadline that Applicable Large Employers must furnish their applicable employees with 2016 Forms 1095-C has been extended by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from January 31 to March 2, 2017. However, the deadlines to file the forms with the IRS have not changed. The IRS also extended the good-faith transition relief from last year so employers won't be assessed penalties for incomplete or incorrect returns as long as they make a good faith effort in preparing them. Employers will still be subject to penalties for late furnishing to employees or late filing with the IRS.

The following are the IRS deadlines you need to be aware of:

  • March 2, 2017, extended deadlines, last day for you to hand deliver or mail 2016 Form 1095-C to your employees
  • February 28, 2017, no changes, last date to manually filed 2016 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS
  • March 31, 2017 No change, last date to efile 2016 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS

Department of Labor Files Notice to Appeal Overtime Injunction

The U.S. Department of Labor filed an appeal to a preliminary injunction that stopped the new federal overtime rule from going into effect Dec. 1. The injunction opinion released by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas November 22 stated employers could face “irreparable harm” if the federal overtime rule was implemented, and specifically called out the Department of Labor for failure to show that this rule would not harm employers.

The Department of Labor is fighting back in its appeal, saying the injunction “has the effect of delaying a fair day’s pay for a long day’s work for millions of hardworking Americans.” The overtime rule would be the first widespread update to overtime pay regulations in 12 years.

Rep. Tom Price and Seema Verma Nominated to Head HHS and CMS

President-elect Donald Trump announced he will nominate U.S. Representative Tom Price (R-Georgia) to be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Seema Verma, President, CEO and Founder of national health policy consulting company SVC Inc., will be nominated to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Trump Picks Carson as HUD Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson to be the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. LeadingAge is very hopeful that Dr. Carson’s lauded work in the health care arena, coupled with a childhood spent in inner-city Detroit, will position him well to support the life-improving and cost-saving opportunities of affordable housing with enriched services for seniors. Dr. Carson has not spoken specifically on HUD’s individual programs, but has been a strong critic of HUD’s enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. On the day he announced his presidential candidacy in 2015, Dr. Carson said, “I have no desire to get rid of safety nets for people who need them. I have a strong desire to get rid of programs that create dependency in able-bodied people."

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

We invite you to share your expertise in the field of aging services by submitting a proposal to be a presenter at ourlargest event of the year, the Spring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 in Pinehurst, NC. We seek proposals that demonstratebest practices, exemplify creativity, and inspire innovation in the field of aging. For our 2017 conference the theme is “Power of Purpose.”The deadline to submit is December 31, 2016. Click here for more information.

2017 LeadingAge North Carolina Calendar

As 2016 comes to a close, we encourage you to mark your calendar for upcoming events. Click here for the 2017 Calendar. More events will be added throughout the year!

 


Strategic Thinking

LeadingAge on Workforce: Two Important Steps Forward!

Our partners at LeadingAge in Washington D.C. are launching a national strategic initiative designed to help you and your peers around the country strengthen our collective aging services workforce. We’re pleased to share with you two important steps forward in that effort – and request your assistance in helping this effort be as effective as possible.

Passion and Mission

Time and time again, we find that the words “passion” and “mission” drive those who work in our field. This enlightening article fromThe New York Timesoffers confirmation of the value of those words – and how or employees perceive them – in the context of retirement planning.

Let’s Not Kill Performance Evaluations Yet

An interesting take fromHarvard Business Reviewabout the recent trend to ditch annual performance reviews may be forcing some to take a second look.

 


News & Notes

New Resource to Cut through the Maze of QMs Coming for SNFs

There can be a lot of confusion surrounding the various quality measures applying to SNFs and specifically, the varying readmission measures being used in the Value-Based Purchasing Program, IMPACT Act Quality Reporting Program and Nursing Home Compare.

Nicole Fallon, LeadingAge's Vice President of Health Policy and Integrated Services, has prepared a slide presentation to help members make sense of all the measures moving forward by the federal government. This presentation also includes additional sources for more detail. Hopefully, this resource will serve as useful cliff notes to sift through the confusion.

NCCNP to Hold Statewide Town Hall Meetings

Join the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits for a FREE Nonprofit Town Hall meeting to get a preview of major trends, threats, and opportunities for nonprofits in 2017. Click here for details on dates, locations, and registration information.

13th Annual LeadingAge Ziegler Top 150 Report Released

LeadingAge (national) and Ziegler, an underwriter of not-for-profit senior living tax-exempt municipal bond financings, have released the 13th annual LeadingAge Ziegler 150. This publication ranks and analyzes the nation’s largest 150 not-for-profit senior living providers of multi-site systems, single-site campuses, and government-subsidized multi-site housing. Lutheran Services Carolinas is the 65thlargest multi-site senior living organization (ranked by total senior living units) in the country, Presbyterian Homes, Inc. is 84th, United Church Homes and Services is 85th,United Methodist Retirement Homes is 87th, Givens is 106th, and Baptist Retirement Homes is 144th. Among single campus providers, Carolina Meadows ranks 23rdin the country (in terms of total number of units on a single campus), Springmoor is 26th, Twin Lakes is 29th, Deerfield is 51st, Carolina Village is 58thand Aldersgate is 75th, Carol Woods is 78th, and Arbor Acres is 79thClick on this link to review the complete report.

 


Congratulations

Congratulations to Kate Reid, assistant director of retirement relocation at Well-Spring Retirement Community, who will graduate today from UNC-Greensboro with a master’s in gerontology and an MBA – a unique dual degree. Click here to read more about this innovative program.



 

 

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Membership Update December 2, 2016

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, December 2, 2016
Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2016
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December 2, 2016

Advocacy & Policy

The 2016 North Carolina Elections – Where We Stand

As of this writing, the state of North Carolina is getting closer to certifying the election results from November 8, 2016. The state election board has authorized a recount of votes cast in Durham County and we’re waiting to see how that proceeds. That said, it is entirely possible that it could be early next year before we have final results. While a number of statewide contests were close, the race for governor and for state auditor are those that continue to garner the most attention. Assuming that Roy Cooper hangs on to his slim lead, his election will lead to wholesale changes in state agency leadership positions. And Wednesday’s announcement that Governor Pat McCrory has called a special session for the General Assembly during the second week of December introduces additional uncertainty…while the special session is being called to consider Hurricane Matthew disaster assistance, it remains to be seen whether the House and Senate will take up any other issues. We’re already beginning to assess the impact of Donald Trump’s election (see the next article). Representative Tom Price’s nomination as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services at a national level probably means big changes in the way the federal government looks at Medicare and Medicaid. We’ll continue to update you as the election situation becomes clearer, including providing you and your communities with information and template letters for your reach out to your elected state officials (many of whom have changed). Of course, now that a federal court has ordered new elections in 2017 in a number of legislative districts, those elected officials could be changing within a year.

New “Outlook for Aging Services”

LeadingAge national has published an excellent “Outlook for Aging Services” in light of Donald Trump’s win and a Republican majority in both houses of Congress. Utilizing President-elect Trump’s Contract with the American Voter and A Better Way, the House policy blueprint issued by Speaker Paul Ryan, the document outlines policy directions expected early in the Congress that will begin January 3, 2017.

Mega-Rule Nursing Facility New Resources and Update

In an effort to keep members up to date regarding the implementation of the new CMS nursing home “mega-rule, ”here are a variety of resources to assist members to prepare.

CMS Releases Advance Copy of Revised Nursing Facility State Operations Manual

CMS posted its 821-page Survey and Certification Letter: Advance Copy- Revisions to State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix PP - Revised Regulations and Tags (11/9/16) on November 9. This information is directed to the State survey agencies, but obviously is of relevance to all nursing home providers. This S & C Letter begins the process of implementing the CMS nursing home mega-rule requirements and includes provisions that first became effective on November 28, 2016 (Phase 1 requirements).

Phase 1 CMS Web-Based Training Materials Released

Here is the link to the CMS Web-based Training Materials Phase 1 Implementation of New Nursing Home Regulations for Providers: The training contains information regarding Phase 1 of the New Nursing Home Regulations that will be effective starting November 28, 2016. This information addresses the new language included in the New Nursing Home Regulations, and how Phase 1 will be implemented via the State Operations Manual, F-Tags, and survey process.

Emergency Preparedness

CMS issued a Survey & Certification Memo on their implementation plans for the new federal Emergency Preparedness regulation, which applies to nursing homes, PACE, home health and other providers. The regulation went into effect November 16, 2016 and enforcement by survey agencies begins November 15, 2017. Here is a summaryfrom LeadingAge with links to various resources.

Overview of Completed FY2015 MDS Focused Surveys

This survey and certification letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides an overview of the CMS-completed FY 2015 Minimum Data Set (MDS) Focused Surveys.

 


Professional Development

2017 Spring Conference and Trade Show

We invite you to share your expertise in the field of aging services by submitting a proposal to be a presenter at ourlargest event of the year, the Spring Conference and Trade Show May 15-18, 2017 in Pinehurst, NC. We seek proposals that demonstratebest practices, exemplify creativity, and inspire innovation in the field of aging. For our 2017 conference the theme is “Power of Purpose.”The deadline to submit is December 31, 2016. Click here for more information.

 


Strategic Thinking

Mortgage Debt and Older Americans – A Fundamental Shift

An article from the New York Times examines the current state of mortgage debt for older Americans, a sea change that has significant implications for our business model.

Protecting Your Personal Digital Data in 7 Easy Steps

There are more reasons than ever to understand how to protect your personal information. Click here for an excellent article that can be shared with staff, residents, family members, and other key stakeholders.

Savings Gap Continues to Widen

This News & Observer article points up the sobering statistics about how much we’re saving – or not – for retirement.

 


News & Notes

Chris Taylor Retirement

After more than 33 years as Assistant Secretary of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, Chris Taylor has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2016. Anyone who knows Chris and knows the work of the Commission also knows that his title – “Assistant Secretary” – was a misnomer. His steady hand, exceptional wisdom, and visionary thinking have truly made a difference for CCRCs and hospitals in our state. Throughout his time with the Commission, Chris earned the respect of all those involved with the process. For that, we say thank you for making our communities better places to live – and good luck in retirement.

Dementia Rate Declines but Aging America May Halt the Trend

Experts say that, unless researchers develop new ways of keeping our brains healthy, the dementia rate may stop declining and start growing as the number of older Americans increases. Click here to read this article fromThe Washington Postthat succinctly summarizes recent findings on the decline in dementia rates, what factors might have influenced those findings, and what might influence future reports.

Alone and Aging: Creating a Safety Net for Isolated Seniors

Changing demographics have created a larger number of seniors who are facing aging alone, with no health care power of attorney and no one to help take care of them. Read this article to learn more about how longevity, a decline in marriage rates, increase in divorce rates, family mobility, and childlessness contribute to this phenomenon and how the AARP Foundation and the Association of Area Agencies on Aging intend to help isolated seniors.

Can Mentoring Change Aging in America?

In this essay by Jim Emerman, former chief operating officer for the American Society on Aging, and a Next Avenue 2016 Influencer in Aging, the author posits that our society should view elders as “keepers of meaning.” By sharing personal stories of mentorship and referencing current research and campaigns he encourages our society to value wisdom and the importance of legacy. A light and inspirational read.

 


Congratulations

Congratulations to Givens on their new affordable housing community, Givens Gerber Park, in Asheville. November 18th Tom Akins attended the ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony where Ken Partin, CEO of Givens in Asheville, expressed gratitude for all those that made Givens Gerber Park possible. Phase 1 of Givens Gerber Park will be home to 120 residents. Phases 2 and 3 will welcome an additional 142 residents in 2017.




Value First

From janitorial supplies to patient lift equipment, in 2016 LeadingAge North Carolina members continued capitalizing on savings through the Value First group purchasing organization. Value First is grateful for your trust and loyalty. Thank You!

Ever wondered what the difference is between a Value First cost study, project support, and construction services? Click here to understand more or contact Vanessa Ceasar at 404-421-3956.

Value First is owned by LeadingAge national and twenty five state associations, including LeadingAge North Carolina. This is your GPO!



 

 

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